A long time ago I remember reading about how future versions of Windows will become free. I don’t remember where the article was but the main arguments were that most of Microsoft’s money don’t come from the sales of the operating system to home users but instead from the sale of the entire Microsoft ecosystem (Office, Exchange Server etc) to businesses. So it would be in Microsoft’s best interest to get their OS in front of as many people as possible. I thought about it and agreed with the author (I’m really sad I can’t find the article).
Then a couple of months ago Microsoft announced Windows 10, lo and behold it was FREE! I immediately signed up and was one of the 14 million people who downloaded it on day one. Since then it has grown with estimates placing it between 50 million and 60 million installations. That is truly impressive, since it hasn’t been a full month yet (Windows 10 was released to the public on the 29th of July 2015).
Aside from the Something happened bug my installation went pretty well. Before I knew it I had a clean installation of Windows 10. It was pretty sweet. The OS was snappy, brought multiple desktops to the table even Edge wasn’t so bad. Best of all the start menu was back, and it looked better.
However it wasn’t long until the controversies started. From advertising inside of solitaire to removing patch notes, torrenting updates from your PC to other users to uninstalling “pirated” software on users computers. All these things happened without Microsoft letting users know before they installed. It’s been a large trend in recent days limiting information to the users until it’s too late.
I’m not someone who believes that things should be free. If you don’t pay for the product you are the product. I don’t mind targeted ads I use Google a lot 🙂 What I don’t like is how all this information was hidden. Indeed the trend from Microsoft with regards to Windows 10 seems to be one of hiding as much information from the user as possible.
I only use my Windows box for gaming, if it wasn’t such an effort to get all these things running on Linux I would have probably switched to Linux a long time ago. However most games still only run on Windows even though this trend is changing I think Linux has a long way to go before it’s in a position to replace Windows as a gaming OS.
Windows 10 is a good OS, I can appreciate all the development effort that went into it. However all the controversies have left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth.
Knowing what I know now I don’t think I would have upgraded. I am almost tempted to format my PC and reinstall Windows 8.1.